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this is bbc news with the latest headlines, for viewers in the uk and around the world. wounded ukrainian soldiers are taken out of the azovstal steel plant after months under russian siege. ukraine's president says he hopes they will now be saved. translation: i want to underline, ukraine needs its ukrainian heroes alive. this is our principles. police in the us say a gunman who killed ten people at a supermarket in buffalo in new york state, planned further attacks after the mass shooting. and getting south africa's youth back on track — we've a special report from johannesburg on attempts to tackle some of the world's highest levels of unemployment.
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and getting south africa's youth back on track — we've a special report from johannesburg on attempts more than 200 wounded soldiers from the azovstal steelworks on the edge of the ukrainian city of mariupol have been evacuated. they'd been withstanding a russian offensive for nearly three months, gaining almost legendary status among many ukrainians. pictures suggest that the soldiers were bussed out and have now reached novoazovsk, which is a russian—controlled town in eastern ukraine. at least 50 of them are said to have been taken to local hospitals. it's not clear at this stage if they will be released into ukrainian government hands. ukrainian president volodymyr zelensky has stressed the importance of their release. translation: we hope - to save the lives of our boys. among them are the heavily wounded. they are being treated.
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i want to underline — ukraine needs its ukrainian heroes alive. this is our principle. i think these words can be understood by all adequate people. elsewhere, ukrainian troops are thought to be back in control of territory on the russian border near kharkiv — the country's second largest city. but that doesn't mean the fighting is over. russian forces have been focusing on the donbas region further south. the bbc�*s quentin sommerville and cameraman darren conway have been near the eastern city of izyum, known as the gateway to donbas, where they have been on patrol with volunteer fighters. war descended suddenly upon ukraine. along the eastern front, its men may be in bunkers but they do not cower here. three times in the last month, the russians have attacked this base with infantry and tanks, and three times they have been repelled.
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another attack may be imminent. so here they wait. vladimir putin has turned their days into night, and taken them away from theirfamilies. but, for the men of this territorial defence unit, this is now home. above their heads hangs a constant threat. the town they have dug under is all but abandoned, its people gone. orphaned pets have sought shelter here, too. the men know it won't be long before the next attack. explosion. above, a russian barage is the signal. it's time to get to work. outside these walls, everything is in the line of fire, and these
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men face it daily. distant explosion. they need little reminder that to the north, the majority of russia's forces are headquartered and, to the south, most of their ukrainian comrades. their patrols in defence along this front—line, keeping these two mighty forces apart. missile whistles. explosions. the shell start landing closer, as the russians adjust their aim. loud explosion. so you get a sense of what russia's artillery tanks can do to ukrainian homes. this is relentless.
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but the reason that these men are holding on so tight here in these defensive positions is because they simply cannot let the russians through here. if they do, more ukrainian troops to the south in the donbas will be under threat. so they're hanging on for dear life here. explosion. at the front, there's no bunker, but they're armed to the teeth. yuri, this is a volunteer battalion, these men were doing ordinaryjobs before the war, and they're facing against russian tanks, russian heavy artillery, indirect fire — how are they managing to hold the russians off? our men, they are going... they fight every day by this fire, you can watch it, because we believe that all the democratic countries, all the world will help us,
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and when we will take, we give more than weapon. these brave men, they can destroy completely, the russian army. as the day grows long, it's time to pick up the pace. on open ground, there's no safe hiding place. explosion. pinned down, the route back is cut off by artillery fire, so through gardens and back yards they search for an escape. a soldier calls out, "leave this place as soon "as possible", and it is here we find natasha, stubbornly hanging on. "do you need help leaving?", yuri asks her. explosion. translation: i don't have anyone here. - but she is defiant. this war wasn't her choice.
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it's as if she refuses to acknowledge it, even as russian shells soar overhead. explosion. let us go to her house, she invites us. we can't go forward, can we? loud explosion. very close to us. very close to us, on our way. yuri tries to convince her to come with us. explosion. to stay risks death. translation: idon't- want to betray my husband, he's buried in the cemetery here. i won't leave him. explosion. we try, one last time. natasha, why don't you leave here? translation: because it's my| home and i have nowhere to go. yuri implores her, "natasha, go to a nearby town, "they will help you there."
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explosion. translation: why? i got used to it now. | he says, "we can help you, are you ready to be evacuated?" translation: ifi go there, what willl do next? - off you go, guys, thank you. we have to leave, but natasha is told to pack her bags. they will come back for her when the shelling stops. despite the onslaught, the men pushed forward. loud explosions. this is what stalemate sounds like on the eastern front. and this is what it takes to keep the gateway to the donbas firmly shut. quentin somerville, bbc news, near izyum, ukraine.
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the soldiers have been evacuated, and now, let's speak to samir puri, he's a senior fellow a senior fellow at the international institute for strategic studies and former cease fire monitor in east ukraine. thank you for being with us. let's first touch on the significance of this evacuation, those hundreds of soldiers that have been evacuated from the steelworks. they have been holding out there now four months. let's talk first about the conditions in which they found themselves, and their ability to hold off the russian offensive for so long. the russian offensive for so lonu. ., ~ the russian offensive for so lonu. . ~' ,, the russian offensive for so lonu. ., ~ i. ., the russian offensive for so lonu. ., ~ ., ., long. thank you for having me. on one level, _ long. thank you for having me. on one level, the _ long. thank you for having me. on one level, the tension - on one level, the tension around these sieges has finally dissipated after so many months of unbearable discussions, increasingly unbearable conditions for the ukranian literary and the fighters held up literary and the fighters held up in the steelworks. i think the number of wounded was rising for those ukrainian soldiers, that is certainly something they commanders were communicating to the outside world. and as you can imagine
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there were quite tedious choices around, do we hold out, in terms of their ammunition supplies? do we actually provide some reprieve to our comrades who, by all reports we have receiving, are actually quite seriously injured, so i think at that level at least they were things that once the soldiers realise they weren't going to be relieved by the soldiers outside of mariupol, they have perhaps chosen this. i want to go on to what this tells us about some of the strategy on both sides and just a second, but let's first focus on the situation of them being evacuated. what we know about the talks going on between russia and ukraine? some may find it surprising that peace talks have been going on in some form for months now, this seems to have been negotiated in, what, a matter of hours or days? thatis days? that is a really important point, and it isn't so covered, i think it is the fact that within four days of this invasion on 24th of fabry, they
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dispatched a negotiating team to meet with the ukrainian equivalents, the defence minister out in belarus, and the talks continued face—to—face, then moved online, then mediated by turkey. from the ukrainian—russian perspective, the ability to speak has always been there, the ability to come to some kind of arrangement around humanitarian issues is also clearly now there as well. there have also been prisoner exchanges in the past and up we can make an important distinction on this. talk to actually in the war, talks to actually in the war, talks to actually have a sort of ceasefire in the country, they have gone away. talks which i think benefit russia, because russell seen this as the end of the siege unbearable, they will probably declare victory, that works for them. and this is a significant moment, but nonetheless war continues and what does this tell us about strategy and the focus of russian forces, particularly perhaps an end to that siege and mariupol, but that siege and mariupol, but
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that biting also really does continue. that biting also really does continue-— continue. yes, there is a significant _ continue. yes, there is a significant don _ continue. yes, there is a significant don base - continue. yes, there is a - significant don base offensive, and your previous report talked about different access, different gateway to dundas. mariupol is at the southern tip of the donetsk region capital stop until now, russia's offences have been moving with the handbrake very much honour, and they has a question now of, now that they are more free, if they will actually move the handbrake off, move faster, and i would say the big warning signs now is that since in the donetsk region, like kramatorsk, it is. government held but significant, and whether those cities now come under russian siege. you for being with us, samir puri with as. let's get some of the day's other news. the united nations children's fund says the number of severely malnourished children around the world is rising because of the combined effects of armed conflicts, the coronavirus pandemic, and climate change. and unicef has warned that the cost of helping these
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children is becoming more expensive because of the rising cost of the food needed to treat them. the number of people suffering from covid—like symptoms in north korea is fast approaching 1.5 million just a week after the state admitted its first outbreak of the virus. the country's leader kimjong—un has mobilised the military to help the supply of medicine but an offer of help from south korea's new president has so far not been taken up. president biden will visit buffalo on tuesday to meet members of the community that lost ten people in a gun attack described as an act of racially motivated violent extremism. more travellers going to be permitted to cuba, a cap on family remittance will also be lifted, and processing of visas will be speeded up. in the us, president biden will visit buffalo on tuesday to meet members of the community that lost ten people in a gun
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attack, described as racially motivated attack of violent extremism. an investigation is now under way to see if authorities missed tell—tale signs left by the suspected gunman. relatives of those in buffalo, new york, are now facing the loss of their loved ones, searching for meaning in a hate filled attack. he... took away my mother and my best friend. how dare you? how dare you? this needs to be fixed, asap. the shooting is believed to be racially motivated. it happened in a predominantly black neighbourhood, and most of the victims were black. they were in a supermarket when the gunman arrived, shooting ten of them dead and leaving three
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others injured. those killed were between 32 and 86 years old. officials say they included store workers, a retired police officer and an elderly woman who planted trees on her local street. the youngest victim is 20 years old and survived despite being shot in the neck. on herfirst day at the podium, the us�*s first black and openly gay press secretary addressed the killings. we must do everything in our power to and hate filled domestic terrorism and we must reject hatred and extremism, ideology that seek to divide americans whenever we find it in our society. # i once was lost... — community rallies around the victims, and the nation mourns alongside. azadeh moshiri, bbc
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news. police say the suspect behind a shooting in north california was motivated by the hatred of taiwanese people. for more on this, here is our north american correspondent, david willis. officials say the suspect is a 68—year—old man born in china but was living in las vegas as a us citizen, travelling all the way from las vegas in order to carry out this attack. they say they found in his car notes written in mandarin in which he expressed contempt for taiwan and taiwanese people. they also say that he chained the doors of the church locked and poured glue into the locks in order to prevent people from escaping, before opening fire. it was only the bravery of one of the people present, of around a0 attending
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a luncheon for a former taiwanese pastor, when he burst in — a local doctor apparently attacked him, the person who died in this incident. but that did allow other people present at the time to overpower the man and hold him before local deputies arrived on scene. he is due to appear in court on tuesday charged with one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder, including as well the possession — illegal possession — of explosive devices. police say they found molotov cocktails at the scene. presidentjoe biden has called repeatedly for tighter gun control laws in this country, but those calls have been stymied by failure to get a majority in congress. one group that advocates for tighter gun control laws here in the united states said that since president biden took office injanuary of last year, there have been more than 800 so—called mass shootings here in at the united states.
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stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a special report from johannesburg about attempts to get the workforce back to full employment. this morning, an indian air force plane, carrying mr gandhi's body, landed in delhi. the president of india walked to the plane to solemnly witness mr gandhi's final return from the political battlefield. ireland has voted overwhelmingly in favour of gay marriage. in doing so, it has become the first country in the world to approve the change in a national referendum. it was a remarkable climax. to what was surely the most extraordinary funeral ever given to a pop singer. - it's been a peacefulfuneral demonstration so far, but suddenly, the police are tear—gassing the crowd. we don't yet know why. the pre—launch ritual is well—established here.
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helen was said to be in good spirits, but just a little apprehensive. in the last hour, east timor has become i the world's newest nation. it was a bloody birth for a poor country, i and the challengesl ahead are daunting. but for now, at least, i it is time to celebrate. this is bbc news, our top story: wounded ukrainian soldiers are taken out of the azovstal steel plant after months under russian siege. it's been described as south africa's ticking time bomb — severely high levels of youth unemployment, which are among the highest in the world. the bbc�*s shingai nyoka reports from johannesburg on the impact youth joblessness and rising social tensions.
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it looks like a thriving community. but these statistics tell a different story. work. while the national unemployment rate is 35%, among the youth staggering 65%, worsened by the covid—i9 pandemic, black south africans especially young women disproportionately affected. transformation is a word bandied about by politicians but people living in township say they have experienced what was promised at the end of apartheid, now authorities are talking about township renewal with a renewed sense of energy to diffuse some of the frustration that we have seen on these streets. coward, step aside, rallying cry against the government, anti—immigrant group is often accused of capitalising on growing discontent, it believes foreigners are stealing scarce
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opportunities. foreigners are stealing scarce opportunities-_ foreigners are stealing scarce opportunities. employment has been hijacked, _ opportunities. employment has been hijacked, even _ opportunities. employment has been hijacked, even our- opportunities. employment has been hijacked, even our crimel been hijacked, even our crime has been taken away by them. the government is planning to tighten foreign worker quotas and ban foreigners from owning small businesses in certain sectors, a bid to address the wealth disparities, and create opportunities for majority that's been left behind. how manyjobs have you tried to apply for? many jobs have you tried to apply for?— apply for? more than 120 something. _ apply for? more than 120 something. i— apply for? more than 120 something. i have - apply for? more than 120 something. i have been i something. i have been applying, non—stop. yes, iam very frustrated. the people are still in government, people who should be impatient about that by now, let's take a look for example at parliament, people who are 70 years old they're still waiting but we as youths we are still in the street. the “obs are we are still in the street. the jobs are being _ we are still in the street. the jobs are being directed, the leadership theyjust create a
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channel_ leadership theyjust create a channel which channels it. instead _ channel which channels it. instead of to make everyone. the government says job creation is a priority that it is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to create more employment opportunities. in an inner—city area where violence is right, 22—year—old jennifer is doing her part in teaching practical skills. the ast teaching practical skills. the past everyone _ teaching practical skills. the past everyone has _ teaching practical skills. tue: past everyone has been teaching practical skills. tt;e: past everyone has been told teaching practical skills. tt9 past everyone has been told go to university get a degree and after you get that degree you are most definitely going to get employment, used to happen and work for our parents in the past but currently there is a lot of young people that have degrees that are educated but still are at home. for degrees that are educated but still are at home.— degrees that are educated but still are at home. for so many --eole still are at home. for so many peeple on _ still are at home. for so many peeple on the _ still are at home. for so many people on the fringes - still are at home. for so many people on the fringes of- people on the fringes of society the future is uncertain but some remain determined to keep battling the odds, to bring south africa gaping economic divide. time for all
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the sports news now. hello, i'm tulsen tollett and this your sports news, where we start with football and arsenal's dreams of being in the champions league next season have all but disappeared after a 2—0 loss away to newcastle united. the gunners lost away to north london rivals tottenham last week but victory in this and their final game would have seen them qualify for european football's elite competition. but two second—half goals to the magpies saw them take the win and leave arsenal two points behind spurs withjust one game remaining. we need a defeat from them if anything happens you have to be there, put your head down and swallow all the poison that we are feel. hopefully and tomorrow, start again. later, on tuesday, liverpool can narrow the gap on manchester city to just a point if they win at southampton. jurgen klopp's side are fresh off winning the fa cup
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on saturday having already won the league cup earlier in the year. victory would see their hopes of winning the premier league kept alive, and they have the champions league final against real madrid later this month. don't know when city dropped points the last time, two games in a row, historically. so i don't expect city to drop points there but it has no influence on our game tomorrow. so in either world we go in the larch match day and one point behind. from today's point of view the perfect scenario and that's what we try to do. in italy's serie a — giorgio chiellini's farewell to football saw him play the opening 18 minutes in the 2—2 draw against lazio as he leaves the club after 18 years in turin. the 37—year—old won nine league titles at the club and five coppa italia's and was given a rousing send off while paulo dybala will also leave at the end of the season
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after the club opted not to renew the argentine international�*s contract. world number 2 daniil medvedev plays his first tournament since the end of march when he takes to the court later in geneva. the 26—year—old russian who's the top seed has been out due to hernia surgery and has been given a bye into the second round where he'll face france's richard gasquet for a place in the quarter—finals. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's but from me and the rest of the team that's your sports news for now. several countries in the middle east have been battered by severe dust storms. skies have turned red across northern syria, much of iraq and part of saudi arabia. such extreme weather is increasingly common in the region this year — with warnings that dust storms could eventually become a near daily experience, as the climate heats up.
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it does look like something from mars. you are up to date, all headlines on a round—up from a world —— around the world coming up. see you soon. hello. the weather's been all over the place in the last few days. yes, we've had some sunshine, some warmth, too, but also big thundery downpours, particularly in northwestern england and in northern ireland recently. now, on the satellite picture, you can see the motion of the cloud — it's mostly coming in out of the south and the south—west. so that's where the warm weather is coming from, too. and here are the thunderstorms we've recently had — now most of them have died away, we still have a little bit of rain here and there, but i think through the early hours of tuesday morning,
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it is a mostly dry picture out there with clear spells, a bit of residual cloud, that's pretty much it. oh, and mistand murk forming in the countryside, too. now, the temperatures early on tuesday will range from around eight celsius in aberdeen to 12 in norwich, london, and along the south coast of england. now there is rain in the forecast for tuesday, but it'll be mostly affecting western areas of the uk. so, here it is, this weather front — in the morning, maybe just about fringing cornwall into western parts of wales, and spreading northwards. but notice how this area of rain expands
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